We are traveling to Victoria, BC in late April and staying at the Delta hotel on the harbor. Any advice on the hotel and food and sights in the city would be appreciated. Thanks.
The hotel is fine. You are in walking distance to everything. Victoria as a laid back city, there are numerous good restaurants nearby. If you are in to it go for high tea at the Empress.
Regarding Victoria - on Vancouver Island - there are several options for getting there via Vancouver, B.C. to Nanaimo (north of Victoria), or Seattle (actually Port Angeles), US. You can fly into Victoria, but assuming you might be flying into Seattle/Tacoma (Seatac Airport), I'd suggest renting an auto at Seatac, then either driving over the bridge from Tacoma to Bremerton (Hwy. 16) and onto Port Angeles, or taking car ferry from downtown Seattle - including more expensive, Victoria Express directly to Victoria, or Edmonds, over to Olympic Peninsula. Then, I'd book hotel at Olympic Lodge, or the James House (A Victorian Inn),Port Angeles, and drive up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park for spectacular view.
The next day, get up early and put your name in the ferry car queue to Victoria - you probably can eat breakfast at the port restaurant while waiting for next ferry - and then enjoy 45 minute ferry ride to Victoria. The Victoria Harbor is in front of the Empress Hotel, which is well worth a tour; however, not the cost of the afternoon, British tea!
For ferry schedules: http://bcferries.bc.ca/ferries
Whale watching - "The Prince of Whales" - north of the city, is worth the effort and price; however, if you like gardens, I'd definitely recommend spending at least half a day at the Buchart Gardens, about 30 minute drive from Victoria. Fort Rodd Hill is a national historic site in a 44-acre park, and you might touring 1887-90, Craigdarroch Castle; the 1860 Fisgard Lighthouse is the oldest one in Canada; and the Royal British Columbia Museum is site to see.
Other references: Vancouver Island Tourist Services - http://www.vits.bc.ca , email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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